Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Full oversight

Connecticut provides counsel to indigent youth through a statewide Division of Public Defender Services overseen by a bi-partisan commission. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Connecticut state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

The court must consider, among other factors, the capacity of the juvenile to understand the advice concerning rights and warnings, the nature of the privilege against self-incrimination, and the consequences of waiving such rights and privileges, including the right to counsel.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    Under 0

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Connecticut, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer; Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment;

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

Connecticut indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, which provides for a determination of indigency. Connecticut law supplies some useful definitions. The law also applies to juveniles transferred to criminal court. By statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined.

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